The 2nd North Dakota Film Society Awards celebrate the best achievements in cinema of 2020. On January 8, the nominations were announced, with David Fincher’s “Mank” leading the pack with 8 nominations. Of the Best Picture nominations (“Mank” was shut out of the top award category), both “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman” earned 6 mentions.
NDFS members had one week to review nominations and place their final votes. Once counted, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” was deemed the best film of 2020. The moving drama also picked up awards for Best Director, Best Actress (Frances McDormand, who is also a producer of the film), Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing.
“Mank” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” were the only other films to earn multiple wins. The former earned the prizes for Best Production Design and Best Original Score. The latter earned wins for Best Supporting Actress (Maria Bakalova) and Best Original Song (“Wuhan Flu”).
Runners-up are listed for each category.
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Directed by Chloé Zhao
Produced by Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao
Runners-up (TIE): FIRST COW and I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
Runner-up: David Fincher, MANK
Runner-up: Carey Mulligan, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
SOUND OF METAL
Runner-up: Delroy Lindo, DA 5 BLOODS
Best Supporting Actress
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
Runners-up (TIE): Ellen Burstyn, PIECES OF A WOMAN, Amanda Seyfried, MANK, and Yuh-Jung Youn, MINARI
Best Supporting Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Runner-up: Orion Lee, FIRST COW
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Runner-up: I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
Best Production Design
Donald Graham Burt (production designer)
Jan Pascale (set decorator)
Runner-up: THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD
Joshua James Richards
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Best Original Song
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
Written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Erran Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Swimer, Jena Friedman, Jim Russell, Jerry Holleman
Runner-up: “Rocket to the Moon”, OVER THE MOON
Best International Feature
AND THEN WE DANCED
Directed by Levan Akin
Runners-up (TIE): BEANPOLE and COLLECTIVE
Best Documentary Feature
ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
Directed by Liz Garbus, Lisa Cortés
Produced by Liz Garbus, Lisa Cortés, Dan Cogan, Stacey Abrams
Runner-up: DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
Best Animated Feature
Directed by Pete Docter, Kemp Powers
Produced by Peter Docter, Dana Murray
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.